Molly’s illustrations are featured in Amnesty International’s reportage of the prosecution of Muslims in Xinjiang, China. Take a look at the extensive report to learn more about the human rights abuses of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
Molly contributed animations for the recently released film 100 Years from Mississippi, Best Documentary winner in the Harlem International Film Festival.
“Mamie Lang Kirkland still remembers the night in 1915 when panic filled her home in Ellisville, Mississippi. Her family was forced to flee in darkness from a growing mob of men determined to lynch her father and his friend. Mamie’s family escaped, but her father’s friend, John Hartfield, did not. He suffered one of the most horrific lynchings of the era.
Mamie vowed to never return to Mississippi – until now. After one hundred years, Mamie’s youngest child, filmmaker, Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, takes his mother back to Ellisville to tell her story, honor those who succumbed to the terror of racial violence, and give testimony to the courage and hope epitomized by many of her generation.”
We also wanted to bring to your attention that India is currently dealing with a massive wave of new COVID19 cases, and is struggling to provide adequate care to patients.
In an effort to help, 100% of sales from each personalized copy of Drawing Blood and Brothers of the Gun bought from the shop will be donated toward fundraisers focusing on providing oxygen and medical care in India.
We’ve already donated over $2,000.00 and will continue to donate all of this week.
Each book contains a hand drawn, one-of-a-kind illustration by Molly (spoiler – may contain cats!). And now until May 23rd, if you purchase one of Molly’s books from the shop, you can also get 20% off the print of your choice with code INDIA20
Molly partnered with National Nurses United for a three part animation series “Deadly Shame”, exploring some of the issues addressed in their latest campaign.
‘“Deadly Shame: Redressing the Devaluation of Registered Nurse Labor Through Pandemic Equity” is a new white paper by National Nurses United (NNU) which provides an in-depth analysis of the devaluation of nurses’ care work and resulting inequities, their experiences on the pandemic’s front lines, and ways to redress these issues through collective action.”
Molly installed her latest mural of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos this week at the new location of Blue Stockings bookstore, now at 116 Suffolk St. Blue Stockings is NYC’s favorite cooperatively owned bookstore, and we are so proud to have this piece there. Stop by the new, bigger, location to see the new work and get some books!
The podcast Kerning Cultures recently took a look at the enduring presence of Arab culture in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Molly was interviewed about the aesthetic influence of Arab culture in San Juan, that you may remember from the 3:AM magazine piece “No Victor But God”. Listen to this episode of Kerning Cultures for more in depth conversations about how Arab influences in Spain found their way to colonized North America.
“Alabama hid aspects of its history for years, omitting them from textbooks and disregarding them in classrooms, which meant Black people learned their history from one another—perhaps while sitting at the feet of their elders, who would explain that it didn’t have to be this way.
Just after the Civil War, the nation went through a moment of radical political reimagination. Southern states were forced to introduce progressive measures to their constitutions in order to be readmitted to the union. In Alabama, that meant establishing free public schools and granting Black men the right to vote, among other things. But the progress was tenuous; in some ways, its undoing began when a mob murdered Alexander Boyd.”
The three part series, produced by The Marshall Project, has just won a gold medal for use of video from the Society for News Design.
Judges said: “It has the potential to reach a broader audience because the characters are personal enough where they feel like people you would know … but they’re not quite individual people, so you can almost see yourself in them.”
Earlier this year Molly gave a virtual lecture from the Brooklyn Public Library as part of their series A Message from the Library. The full talk is available courtesy of BPL Presents.
“Brooklyn Public Library’s Message from the Library lecture series continues with award-winning artist and author Molly Crabapple (Drawing Blood; Brothers of the Gun with Marwan Hisham). Crabapple will address the impact of COVID-19 on New York City and its people, and suggest strategies for creating a more honest and livable city.
Following the lecture, patrons will be invited to join a break-out room discussion led by Murtaza Hussain. Hussain is a national security journalist for The Intercept living in New York City. He reports on protest movements and revolutions around the world as well as criminal justice and politics in the United States.
Message from the Library lectures ask leading cultural figures to reflect on today’s most precarious issues and is part of BPL’s mission to convene diverse voices in the Library’s safe space to have meaningful dialogue about the political, economic, social and cultural issues of the day.”
“For Document’s Fall/Winter 2020 issue, we invited a selection of the culture’s most compelling creative minds to imagine a better way of living. Where will we live? What will we wear? Could nightclubs be treated as cultural institutions? How can art and poetry help render a radical alternative? The resulting portfolio isn’t a guide to founding back-to-the-land communes or fully automated fantasy worlds; rather it’s a call to reject authority, thrive in chaos, think freely, and go forward in a new direction.“
“Last year’s fires in the Amazon reduced over 17 million acres of the rainforest to ashes. As the so-called “lungs of the world” burned, former Brazilian presidential hopeful and environmental activist Marina Silva emerged as the main dissenting voice of her country’s lax environmental policies. Most recently, she has called out the Amazon’s indiscriminate deforestation and the expansion of agribusiness.“
Tonight, 12/8 Molly will be joining fellow New York Review contributors Deborah Eisenberg, Michael Greenberg, and Hari Kunzru to come together and discuss a future of resilience and renewal for New York. Moderated by Jana Prikryl, a senior editor and poetry editor at The New York Review. Presented by the New York Review of Books and the New York Public library.
On Sunday, December 13th, join Molly (digitally) at the Brooklyn Public Library for the next Message from the Library lecture.
“Message from the Library lectures ask leading cultural figures to reflect on today’s most precarious issues and is part of BPL’s mission to convene diverse voices in the Library’s safe space to have meaningful dialogue about the political, economic, social and cultural issues of the day.”